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Half Steps Music Foundation believes music can change lives. Many individuals never have the opportunity to experience the power and joy of playing an instrument. Half Steps Music Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that reconditions used musical instruments and donates them to organizations for the advancement, education and benefits of performing arts, music education and music therapy.

December 2016
Did you survive Black Friday? Still have a bunch of holiday shopping to do?
If you are shopping at Amazon, consider using AmazonSmile and this link:
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-457681

For every purchase a small percentage of the total will be donated to us.

The end of the year is also a great time to donate for 2016 tax year. Any donation made to Half Steps is a 100% tax deduction

October 2015
North Texas Giving Day was a huge success for us this year. A huge thanks top everyone who donated. We couldn't do this without your support.

December 2015
Did you survive Black Friday? Still have a bunch of holiday shopping to do?
If you are shopping at Amazon, consider using AmazonSmile and this link:
http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-457681

For every purchase a small percentage of the total will be donated to us.

The end of the year is also a great time to donate for 2015 tax year. Any donation made to Half Steps is a 100% tax deduction

August/September 2015
In a few short weeks it wll be North Texas Giving Day. Half Steps Music Foundation again will be taking part. On September 17, 2015, donations can be made from 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,600 certified nonprofits at www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org This our third year so please help support Half Step Music Foundation on this very special day!!


April 2015
We are very excited to launch our new campaign, Give+Play. We are encouraging you to donate $2 to Half Steps, create a video of you playing your best stuff and post it to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube with the hashtag, #give+play After call out a few of your friends to do the same thing. We are looking forward to seeing all the great ideas and what fun things will come of this campaign.

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March 2015
Can you believe we are already heading into March? The year has started off very well for Half Steps and just keeps getting better. Now when you purchase anything at Amazon, you can select Half Steps Music Fond at ion as your charity of choice. For every purchase .05% of the total will be donated to us. Every little bit helps so think of us the next time you are shopping at Amazon! Click here to start: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-4576814

 

Happy New Year 2015
Looking back, 2014 was incredible year for us and we are looking forward to having another great year in 2015. A special thanks to WD Music Products and Daisy Rock Guitars for their support. Also, a huge thank you to our first advisory board member, Randy James of the Bo & Jim Morning Show on LoneStar 92.5 FM.

If you happen to be going to Winter NAMM, please stop by and say hello to our great sponsors:

Daisy Rock Guitars: Booth #4618 in Hall C

WD MusicProducts: Booth #3090 in Hall D

December 2014
Thousands of our war Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. Below is the acoustic guitar Half Steps donated to the Guitars For Vets project
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October 2014
In support of her music therapy program at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas Music Project presented Amy Smith with a guitar. This guitar was one donated to and reconditioned by Half Steps. We are always happy to help out TMP and Texas Children's Hospital.


Above is Michael Clay of Texas Music Project with Amy and one of our reconditioned guitars.

September 2014
We would like to welcome Daisy Rock Guitars as our newest sponsor and a huge thank you for their support.
DRG
DRG is doing more than just making great instruments, they are empowering girls and helping to give them the confidence and tools to do whatever it is they enjoy. Please check out their website to learn more
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Half Steps Music Foundation again will be taking part in North Texas Giving Day. On September 18, 2014, donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,600 certified nonprofits at www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org This our second year so please help support Half Step Music Foundation on this very special day!!


July 2014
Half Steps Music Foundation is proud to welcome WD Music Products as a partner and sponsor. Founded in 1978, WD Music Products is one of the world’s largest suppliers of guitar and stringed instrument parts. Many of their products will find there way into our reconditioned instruments They have been involved with the Guitars for Vets organization and we are looking forward to working with them. Please visit their website and follow them on Twitter.

WD Music

May 2014
Took awhile but we are now on YouTube
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April 2014
Wow, can't believe this year is going by so quickly. Already time for taxes. Well, never a better time to start thinking about this year's tax deductions. Half Steps is a 501(c)(3) corporation so any donation, cash or instrument, is 100% tax deductible. In other news we have a couple more projects in the works. Stay tuned for the results!

January 2014
As the new year gets underway, we are very excited about our plans for the new year. Stayed tuned for changes to our website as well as the launch of our own YouTube channel.

Before 2013 came to an end, we helped make the holidays a bit more special.
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Above on left is the founder of Half Steps, Matt Ryburn, presenting a guitar to Annie Cross of Children's Hospital in Dallas. On the right is Cliff Maurer, a Snowball Express teen, with Blair Robinson of Texas Music Project. Cliff had the opportunity to perform at an event at the the House Blues in Dallas. After Blair presented him with this guitar that was reconditioned and donated by Half Steps Music Foundation.

Our goal has always been to help organizations promote the performing arts and music education. Like any company we have operating costs, but we are a 100% volunteer organization so there are no salaries and we keep an extremely low overhead. For this past year we are very proud to say over 85% of our cash donations went solely to reconditioning donated instruments.

A huge "Thank You" to everyone for your support and donations. Of course, there is still a lot to do!

 


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